Grant and Yang Win Doubles Championship

Oct. 19-22, 2000

MORAGA, CA - St. Mary's Invitational
ITA Championships

The women's tennis team made a 20 minute trip across the East Bay hills to Moraga this past weekend to play in the ITA tournament hosted by St. Mary's College. The open featured teams from Northern California such as Loyola Marymount, Santa Clara, UC Davis, St. Mary's, USF, Fresno State, San Jose State, Sacramento State, and University of Pacific.

The Bears youthful team is setting a high standard once again, as all five Cal entrants in the tournament found a way to win over the weekend.

In doubles competition, the tandem of freshman Sekita Grant and sophomore Morisa Yang proved to be unstoppable as the two went undefeated in the tournament, grabbing a doubles championship for the Bears. The duo started off the tournament by eliminating Coral Silverstone and Caroline Stenman of San Jose St. 8-2. Next up for the duo was the No. 1-seeded doubles team of Penka Fileva and Jennifer Mitchell of Loyola Marymount. Not proving much of a challenge, Grant and Yang made quick work of the top seed, defeating them 8-2.

In the quarterfinals, the tandem defeated Catalina Fillol and Karen Holland (St. Mary's) 8-1, then went on to the semifinals and knocked out the team of Holli Freudenberg and Andrea Lord (Loyola Marymount) 8-5. Their berth into the finals was certainly a challenge as the Cal duo went up against Sacramento State's Gabrialla Lundquist and Janice Mota. After a hard fought battle, Grant and Yang came out victors, winning the match 9-8. This was the first doubles competition of the season for sophomore Morisa Yang.

In singles competition, Morisa Yang grabbed more wins as she advanced to the semifinals of the tournament. Getting passed Sacramento State's Laila Karim (Wd-em) in the first round of the 64-player main draw, Yang quickly put away Coral Silverstone (San Jose St.) in two sets 6-1, 6-2.

No. 6-seed Heather Snow from St. Mary's put up a fight in the round of 16, however, Yang proved too hard to beat, as the Torrance native knocked off the No. 6 player 5-7, 6-1, 6-4, advancing to the quarterfinals. There she met another ranked player, No. 3-seed Ewa Grusiecka of Fresno State. Another hard fought three set match saw Yang advance to the semifinals as she knocked Grusiecka out of the tournament 4-6, 6-0, 6-4.

In the semifinals, Yang went up against No. 2-seed Penka Fileva of Loyola Marymount. Yang's streak ended, however, with a loss to Fileva, the eventual champion of the tournament 6-3, 6-4.

Freshman Catherine Lynch saw action in her first tournament of the season, making a strong showing as she advanced to the quarterfinals of the invitational. After defeating Sara Morenc (UC Davis) and Andrea Lord (Loyola Marymount) in the first two rounds (6-1, 6-0, 6-4, 6-0, respectively), the Dublin, Ireland native took on No. 7-seed Karen Holland of St. Mary's. In two sets, the freshman put away Holland (6-2, 6-2) and advanced to the quarterfinals of the tournament where she met Loyola Marymount's Penka Fileva. The No. 2-seeded Fileva defeated Lynch 2-6, 6-4, 6-4, but not before the freshman established herself as a top player for the Bears.

After a loss in the first round, freshmen Pamela Chung and Sekita Grant found themselves playing in the consolation rounds, although both advanced to the semifinals of the 32-player bracket. Losing to Jenny Siegel (Santa Clara) in the main draw (6-3, 6-0), Pamela Chung was able to notch three wins in the consolation rounds as she defeated USF's Carey Savage, UOP's Alison Dohrmann, and UC Davis's Norae Ferrara (6-4, 6-3, 6-0, 6-1, 6-0, 6-0, respectively). In the semifinals of the consolation, Chung met teammate Sekita Grant, who had also made her way through the tournament after a first round main draw loss to No. 4-seed Gabriella Lundquist of Sacramento State 6-2, 6-2. Chung and Grant battled it out for a berth into the consolation championship. After a hard fought three sets, Grant won the match 6-2, 4-6, 6-1.

Sekita Grant advanced in the consolation championship to play Valerie Verrier of St. Mary's. Verrier fell to Grant as she won the consolation championship 6-4, 6-4. Grant made her way to the finals of the consolation rounds by defeating Alison Barr of Santa Clara, Kristen Case of Cal, and Janice Salomon UC Davis (4-6, 6-1, 7-6(3), 6-4, 6-0, 6-1, 6-0, respectively)

Freshman Kristen Case lost in the first round of the singles main draw to Patti Ruiz (Santa Clara) 7-6(2), 6-2. Case advanced to the second round of the consolation after Ade McDonagh withdrew from competition. She lost, however, to teammate Sekita Grant 6-4, 6-0 before she could get to the consolation quarterfinals.

In doubles, the tandem of freshman Kristen Case and freshman Catherine Lynch defeated Santa Clara's Mariko Kawakami and Patti Ruiz 8-4, however they lost to Courtney Jantz and Chantel Wiggens of Fresno State 8-4 in the second round. The other Cal freshman tandem of Pamela Chung and Farah Karipenini lost in the first round to Sacramento State's Marta Gronowicz and Caroline Svensson 8-3.

Next on the schedule for the Cal women is the Fresno State Bulldog Classic Oct. 27-29.

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